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The Man Upstairs and Other Stories Audiobook

The Man Upstairs and Other Stories

Webster's Dictionary gives the meaning of the word "miasma" as "an infection floating in the air; a deadly exhalation". And in the opinion of Mr. Robert Ferguson, that description, though perhaps a little too flattering, on the whole summed up Master Roland Bean pretty satisfactorily. Until the previous day, Master Bean had served Mr. Ferguson in the capacity of office-boy. But there was that about Master Bean which made it practically impossible for anyone to employ him for long.
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Webster's Dictionary gives the meaning of the word "miasma" as "an infection floating in the air; a deadly exhalation". And in the opinion of Mr. Robert Ferguson, that description, though perhaps a little too flattering, on the whole summed up Master Roland Bean pretty satisfactorily. Until the previous day, Master Bean had served Mr. Ferguson in the capacity of office-boy. But there was that about Master Bean which made it practically impossible for anyone to employ him for long.

Included in this collection are 19 of Wodehouse's classic pre-World War II stories.

(P)1997 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Timelessly funny....[Davidson] is wry, British and almost drawling, and one supposes that this is pretty much how Wodehouse himself would sound." (AudioFile)

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  • George
    United Kingdom
    4/8/13
    Overall
    "A useful anthology for short listens"

    A collection of Wodehouse short stories that serves very well as an audiobook to hold in reserve and dip into when you want a quick 20 minute listen.



    If you want to listen for several hours at a time, then a longer single story would be a better bet as these can become a bit "samey" if listened to end-to-end.



    Personally, I was not wildly taken with the narration, but not to the extent of marring the pleasure of Wodehouse's writing.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Isobel
    Cambridge, England
    1/27/16
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    "Awful narration ruins the experience"
    What did you like best about The Man Upstairs and Other Stories? What did you like least?

    The story is probably perfectly good although it is masked by the dreadful narration.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Various


    Would you be willing to try another one of Frederick Davidson’s performances?

    Absolutely not.


    Do you think The Man Upstairs and Other Stories needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I cannot understand how this narrator ever got the job. His 'voices' are completely bizarre, and his own voice rises and falls in completely unexpected places making it so distracting to listen to that all the humour is totally wasted, it simply doesn't come through.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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